Daniel Barry

Attorney-at-Law, Partner

Daniel Barry is a specialist in EU and competition law.

Daniel has extensive experience within all areas of Danish and EU competition law, including cartels, horizontal cooperation agreements, distribution agreements, abuse of dominance, merger control, state aid and competition law compliance, and continuously acts on some of the most complex and high-profile competition law cases.

Daniel focuses primarily on complex competition law litigations, including Danish and EU cartel cases and abuse cases and Danish and multi-jurisdictional follow-on damages cases. His experience includes participation in the European Commission's leniency programme and settlement procedure; coordination of criminal/administrative procedures in various foreign jurisdictions, including the US; and management and coordination of follow-on damages actions in various jurisdictions, including Denmark, Germany, the UK, the US, Canada and Israel. Daniel has been involved in the filing of a number of negative declaratory actions ("torpedoes"), which had not previously been used in Denmark in competition related damages actions.

Daniel is chairman of the Competition Law Committee for the Association of Danish Law Firms and vice-chairman of the Danish Competition Law Society.

Highlights

  • Ørsted - representation in relation to the successful appeal of decisions from the Danish competition authorities regarding alleged abuse of dominance in the form of excessive pricing and assistance in relation to related damages actions involving more than 1100 business. The case complex is the largest ever in Denmark
  • Danfoss - representation in relation to the Refrigeration Compressors cartel case complex, including representation in relation to the European Commission's investigation, leniency programme and settlement procedure; coordination of criminal/administrative investigations in multiple foreign jurisdictions and representation in and coordination of follow-on damages actions in multiple jurisdictions
  • Trucks - representation of an international truck manufacturer in relation to follow-on damages actions relating to the Trucks cartel 
  • Diesel Motor Nordic - representation in relation to appeal of decisions from the Danish competition authorities before the Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court, the Danish Eastern High Court and the Danish Supreme Court, and related criminal proceedings
  • Volvo Danmark - assistance with merger control of acquisition of Volvo Danmark's authorised dealer, Titan Lastvogne A/S, which was approved by the Danish Competition Council in phase II without any remedies
  • LEO Pharma - merger control and FDI related assistance in relation to entering into a partnership and co-ownership with Nordic Capital
  • HTS Besafe - representation in investigation concerning resale price maintenance
  • Tryg - merger control and competition law assistance in relation to Tryg's possible multi billion pound acquisition of parts of RSA Insurance Group
  • Nissan Nordic Europe - representation in relation to stand-alone damages action regarding refusal of access to qualitative selective distribution system for after sale services
  • Predatory pricing - representation of a company in the financial sector in relation to a stand-alone damages action regarding alleged predatory pricing
  • Repayment of state aid - representation of an international clean-energy company in relation to a claim for repayment of alleged over-compensation for the operation of services of general economic interest (pursuant to the Public Service Decision)
  • CRT cartel - representation of an international home electronics manufacturer in a damages action relating to the CRT cartel
  • Weber-Stephen Nordic - competition law advice regarding implementation of a qualitative selective distribution system in the Nordic Region
  • Novo - assistance with merger filings in multiple jurisdictions regarding investment in ERT together with Nordic Capital

Ratings

  • Daniel Barry is recommended and listed as a "Next generation partner" as regards EU and Competition.

    "Daniel Barry is the star of the department. He thinks on his feet and develops solid arguments based on substantive knowledge. I appreciate his work and support"

    "Gitte Holtsø and Daniel Barry are highly qualified and offer sustainable and to the point advice" (2023)

     

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    Daniel Barry is ranked as a leading individual as regards Competition/European Law.

    Daniel Barry has a broad competition law practice, advising clients on merger clearance mandates and representing them in behavioural investigations, including investigations into potential unlawful state aid grants. He also assists clients with challenges to authority decisions and defends them in follow-on damages claims.

    "He is highly committed to finding solutions." (2023)

  • Daniel Barry is recommended and listed as a "Next generation partner" as regards EU and Competition.

    "Daniel Barry is by far the most well-respected and savvy competition lawyer in the country. His grasp of complexity is remarkable and second to none. He leaves no stone unturned. He is incredibly pleasant to work with and does not shy away from genuine honesty in assessments and dealings" (2022)

  • Daniel Barry is listed as a "Global Leader" within Competition (2021+2022+2023)
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    Daniel Barry is ranked as a leading individual as regards Competition/European Law.
     
    Daniel Barry moves up the rankings as a result of strong market feedback. He acts on competition disputes, including those arising from anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance claims. Interviewees describe him as "very responsive, with a good business understanding" (2022)
  • Daniel Barry is recommended and listed as a "Next generation partner" as regards EU and Competition (2020+2021)

    "I have been working with Christian Karhula Lauridsen and Daniel Barry on very complex cases involving several jurisdictions. Both are extremely strong in analysing complex cases and by that also develop the strongest arguments and the best tactics. Not a single stone is untouched – and therefore they are able to develop the best strategy for how to handle the cases" (2021)

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    Daniel Barry is ranked as Up and Coming as regards Competition/European Law. Daniel Barry enters the ranking this year due to strong market feedback. He represents clients in competition disputes, including those arising from anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance claims.
     
    Clients enthuse: "He is one of the best in terms of displaying passion for competition law and understanding how it should be interpreted by businesses" (2021)
  • Daniel Barry is listed as a "Future Leader" within Competition (2017+2018+2019+2020)

    Sources name Daniel Barry at Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab "a skilled litigator and expert", and rate him highly for his "strategic thinking and deep insight into competition economics" (2018)

  • Daniel Barry is recommended and listed as a "Next generation lawyer" as regards EU and Competition (2018+2019)

    The group includes "sharp, responsive and friendly"  Daniel Barry (2018)

  • Daniel Barry has been chosen as a "Rising Star" within Competition and Antitrust (2016+2017+2018)

  • Daniel Barry is recommended as regards EU and Competition (2017)

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